Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid found in oily fish. Omega-3 fats are necessary for good health; these fats can't be made by the body, so a dietary supply is absolutely essential.

Seafood has long been recognised as the best dietary source of long chain omega-3 oils. Research by Seafish has revealed that an even greater range of seafood - including shellfish - contains high levels of long chain omega-3 than previously thought.

Unlike most vitamins and minerals, which are needed in specific bodily functions, omega-3 is needed all around the body: it's associated with brain development, joint function, healthy skin and eyes, and better mental health.

Omega-3 is found in seafood in the form of two polyunsaturated fats - which, alongside monounsaturated fats, are what your doctor might call 'healthy fats'. These are Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). These are more commonly known as 'long chain polyunsaturated acids". Both of these fatty acids are thought to confer special health benefits that are not found in other, short chain, omega-3 which are found in nuts and seeds.

Today, it is widely accepted that in the UK we do not eat enough foods containing omega-3.

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